While spending time in India we made our way north to visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar, one of the holiest shrines of the Sikh religion.
Before entering the courtyard, men and women are required to cover their heads and remove their shoes (belongings can be stored in the nearby cloak rooms and collected while exiting). Upon making our way toward the main entrance we rinsed our feet off before heading in. As we walked down a small set of stairs we had such a serene feeling of peace as we gazed our eyes on this beautiful temple. In the center of the holy water sat the Golden Temple, with the Guru’s Bridge as the only means to access the shrine.
We walked toward the bridge where a group of men appeared to be saying prayers and singing hymns while others were found washing/bathing in the holy water. The temple itself had openings on each of the four sides which symbolizes openness to followers of all faiths and to welcome those people inside. The people were so friendly, the ceremonies and activities are rich in tradition, and the temple itself is a beauty in itself. Also, while in the area, don’t miss the Pakistan and India border closing ceremonies. Namaste!